Cataract Surgery to Restore Vision and Ocular Health

About Cataracts

Cataracts are the most prevalent cause of blindness. Fortunately, cataract surgery can effectively treat this condition and restore your clear, sharp vision. Cataracts occur when protein cells break away from their natural positions and gather on the lens of your eye. As more and more cells group together, light does not have a clear path to your retina, distorting vision. Common cataract symptoms include blurred vision, light sensitivity, and severe nearsightedness. Although age is the most common cause of cataracts, certain medications, illnesses, and eye injuries can also increase your risk.

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Cataracts Diagnosis

We can diagnose cataracts through several simple eye tests, including a retinal exam, which involves dilating your pupil to see clearly to back of your eye. We also perform slit lamp exams, allowing us to examine your iris, lens, and cornea with a specially designed microscope. One of the most common ways to diagnose cataracts is a simple vision test. Because a sudden change in glasses prescription is a common symptom of cataracts, we ask that you wear your glasses or contacts when you take this exam. After your diagnosis, we will take all the time needed to discuss your treatment options and help determine the best procedure for your needs.

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Laser Cataract Surgery

In addition to traditional ultrasound-assisted cataract surgery, we also perform laser surgery. We use a femtosecond laser that emits high speed pulses of light, allowing for extreme accuracy, minimal discomfort, and reduced risk. About 90% of all cataracts patients are candidates for laser surgery, which Drs. Clark and Peet perform at the Blue Bell Surgical Center. Blue Bell is one of only two surgical centers in the country that does not charge an extra fee for the use of the femtosecond laser.

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Cataract Surgery and Astigmatism

Surgery is the only permanent treatment for cataracts, and is one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S. During traditional cataracts surgery, we will remove the clouded crystalline lens with the help of an ultrasound, and implant an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). To best meet your needs, we offer a range of IOLs, including monofocal, multifocal, and Toric lenses. Toric IOLs can simultaneously replace the crystalline lens and improve vision in those with astigmatism. If you have astigmatism, you may also choose to receive limbal relaxing incisions to reshape your cornea, which can be performed during your cataracts surgery. 

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Cataract Surgery Benefits

Cataract surgery offers many benefits to patients. Perhaps most importantly among those is improved vision. After cataract surgery, patients typically experience clearer, brighter vision and a decreased dependence on glasses. In addition to the physical advantages, many patients also enjoy a better quality of life, resuming social and physical activities they previously avoided.

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Cataract Surgery Cost

The cost of cataract surgery can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment, as well as the type of lens the patient requires. Fortunately, most insurance companies will cover all or most of the cost of cataract surgery. Some insurance companies may ask that the patient cover the cost difference for premium IOLs. To help patients who are not fully covered by insurance, we offer CareCredit®, a medical financing option that allows them to pay for their procedure interest-free for 12-months. We are happy to walk you through the application process and answer any questions you may have.

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